One of the fun things about writing is where the research takes you. That is when I love the Internet the most. The book I am working on takes place in an old school house that had been turned into a yarn shop and is getting a tea room added. I have been deciding on what changes to the place need to be done. I ended up reading about Hoosier cabinets. They're called that because they were made in Indiana. Kitchens didn't have built in cabinetry and they provided storage and a workspace in a pull out surface that rested on pulled out drawers below it.
I am not sure how I got to it, but from there I started thinking about coffee pots and most specifically glass double decked ones which I now know are called bubble pots. I am pretty sure we had one in our Indiana cottage. I remember being fascinated by how the water moved from the bottom to the top glass bowl shaped thing. They don't seem to make the bubble pots anymore though they can be had on Ebay. But I did find out how they work. There is a tube joining the two parts and when the water boils, the steam sucks the water up to the top. It's the same principle of a percolator or stove espresso pot.
From there, I ended up reading about Chemex coffee carafes. They are glass with a wooden color and leather strings and use the pour over method. There's a filter that holds the coffee and boiling water is poured into the top and drips through. Though they were designed in the 1940s, they are classic and still available.
The coffee pot stuff was just for my own curiosity, but my character is getting one of the Hoosier cabinets for the school house kitchen.
I know I have written how I get material from everywhere. It happened again. I saw AMERICAN FICTION yesterday, which I really liked. It's all about seeing past labels for people and all of a sudden I realized that was what I wanted one of my characters to do. She doesn't even consider that Toby has Down syndrome, but views him just as a person she meets who happens to be a gifted baker.